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Monday, March 22, 2010
Updated: June 15, 5:06 PM ET
Freeskiing World Championships

From MSI's Press Release:

Salt Lake City, Utah. March 21, 2010—The 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour came to a close today on Snowbird's North Baldy venue at the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and the level of skiing in both the Finals and Super-Finals was absolutely awe-inspiring.

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Lars Chickering-Ayers
Men's World Champion Lars Chickering-Ayers
Riding on the tails of semifinal round trickery, today's runs showcased cork 360s, switch cliff landings and even a couple of 720's—most notably by Claudia Bouvier of Vail, Colorado. Although Bouvier she missed her landing, Claudia will ever be known as the girl who went for a 720 in the Super-Finals—at least until she sticks one in 2011.

In the Men's competition, Lars Chickering-Ayers of Mad River Glen, Vermont, wowed spectators with a huge air off of Flying Squirrel Cliff and an adrenaline-pumping straight-line to a double-drop in the Amphitheater. Chickering-Ayers's fast-aggressive line earned him the top spot with a combined score of 125.57.

"I just went as hard as I could," said Chickering-Ayers of his championship performance.

Drew Stoecklein, a Snowbird local, finished a close second to Chickering-Ayers with a combined score of 121.37. Bird locals rounded out the Men's top four with Snowbird skier Oakley White-Allen taking the bronze and Nick Greener following close behind in the fourth place spot.

Nick Greener
Sickbird winner Nick Greener
Greener, who won the Snowbird event in 2008, won the Sickbird Award at this year's event.

Squaw Valley, California skier Arne Backstrom checked out with a slightly disappointing ninth place finish today. His finish was nevertheless good enough to allow Backstrom to hang on to the inaugural McConkey Cup—the award for the overall leader of the Freeskiing World Tour.

Continuing a big day for Snowbird locals, Bird skier Angel Collinson won the Women's competition, turning in a combined score of 104.23. Collinson's aggressive skiing, highlighted by a double drop in the Amphitheater, not only earned her the top spot in today's contest, but also cemented her place atop the Women's Overall Tour Standings and the first-ever Women's McConkey Cup.

Although she left spectators awestruck, Collinson downplayed her aggressive skiing and brazen line choice. "I went for it, because this isn't about winning, it's about skiing," said Collinson.

Angel Collinson
Women's World Champion Angel Collinson
As we approach the first anniversary of the untimely death of freeskiing's foremost pioneer, it is only fitting that the overall championship award be dedicated to the late Shane McConkey.

"He is the overall leader and inspiration of freeskiing," said Event Director Bryan Barlow. "It was Shane's vision to create a freeskiing competition, to bring the world's best skiers to one place and demonstrate the progression. His legacy will continue to live on through the spirit of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and through the athletes that earn his Cup. We know he'd be proud of the progression all the athletes displayed today.''

Behind Collinson in second was Crystal Wright, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a 103.17. And in third was Emily Teague, of Aspen, Colorado, with a 96.53.

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